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PHM 200-077: Spring Is Sprung / Gerry Mulligan

[Front Cover] Label Type : black rainbow Philips
Matrix Number : SIDE-A PHM-200-077-A1    RI    FF
SIDE-B PHM200077B M1    IC    FF



Comments

with original Philips inner sleeve.

an unusual copy - inscribed matrix on the dead wax area of Side-A, while stamped matrix (Philips' Richmond plant type) on Side-B. Anyway, the matrix information may indicate this is 1st pressing copy.

Inside The Groove

Truely great swingy and progressive quartet session by Gerry Mulligan.

Personal Impression (and brief notes)

Gerry Mulligan left a sort of fine recordings on Mercury and subsidiaries - from EmArcy's 1955 sessions to 1966 session left on Limelight.

This 1962 session was his comeback to Mercury, after a long absence (he recorded for Verve, Pacific Jazz and other labels in his late 1950s - early 1960s). Since the so-called “British Invation” hadn't come yet, and since Gerry Mulligan himself was still in his artistic peak, we can enjoy his awesome and magical blend of traditional swing jazz with powerful and progressive modern improvisations on this album.. Gerry Mulligan's famous pals, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Crow and Gus Johnson, also plays a truly awesome performances on this session.

Among Gerry Mulligan's EmArcy/Philips/Limelight albums, this would definitely be his second best album (in my opinion) preceded by famous 1955 EmArcy sessions. It must be also noted that the sound quality of this album is supreme - very powerful and aggressive!

Strictly Personal Rating (to what extent I could enjoy this album)

10 out of 10




Track Listing

SIDE-A
A-1 22600 (PB5403/PS2269) Jive At Five (Count Basie & Harry Edison) 6:24
A-2 22596 (PB5399/PS2265) Four For Three (G. Mulligan) 4:58
A-3 22602 (PB5405/PS2271) 17 Miles Drive (G. Mulligan) 4:57
SIDE-B
B-1 22603 (PB5406/PS2272) Subterranean Blues (G. Mulligan) 9:41
B-2 22593 (PB5396/PS2262) Spring Is Sprung (G. Mulligan) 6:42
B-3 22595 (PB5398/PS2264) Open Country (B. Brookmeyer) 4:30

Personnel

A-1, A-2, A-3, B-3:
Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Gerry Mulligan (bs), Bill Crow (b), Gus Johnson (ds).
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York City on December 11 and 12, 1962.

B-1:
same personnel/date/place as A-1, except Bob Brookmeyer (p).

B-2:
same personnel/date/place as A-1, except Gerry Mulligan (p).

Recording engineer: Phil Ramone.
Musical director: Quincy Jones.

The Artist Also Appears on...

Gerry Mulligan (bs, p) :
  • EmArcy MG-36056 : Presenting The Gerry Mulligan Sextet
  • EmArcy MG-36101 : Mainstream Of Jazz
  • Mercury MG-20453 : A Profile Of Gerry Mulligan
  • Philips PHM 200-077 / PHS 600-077 : Spring Is Sprung
  • Philips PHM 200-108 / PHS 600-108 : Night Lights
  • Limelight LM-82004 / LS-86004 : Butterfly With Hiccups
  • Limelight LM-82021 / LS-86021 : If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em
  • Limelight LM-82030 / LS-86030 : Feelin' Good
  • Limelight LM-82040 / LS-86040 : Something Borrowed, Something Blue
  • EmArcy MG-36087 : Bargain Day! / Various Artists
  • Mercury MG-20761 / SR-60761 : Loads of Love / Shirley Horn



related information




Jackets

Front Back
[PHM 200-077 FRONT] [PHM 200-077 BACK]



Labels

Side A Side B
[PHM 200-077 A] [PHM 200-077 B]



Inner Sleeve

Front Back
[PHM 200-077 FRONT SLEEVE] [PHM 200-077 BACK SLEEVE]



MATSUBAYASHI 'Shaolin' Kohji <shaolin@rhythmaning.org>
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